Happy Sharad Navratri!


The nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri begins on September 26th, 2022.  In the Sharad Navaratri, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are honored.  Each region celebrates this festival in their own tradition's manner, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. This holiday culminates on the tenth day with the observance of Vijayadashami.

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Happy Equinox

Blessings of the Autumn Equinox.
May you always find the balance of the light within the dark.

(© artwork copyright Cynnalia, DeviantArt)


Full Moon Blessings

 Blessings of the Harvest Moon in Pisces.
May the abundance of the season be freely shared by all.

(Harvest Moon by Samuel Palmer, circa 1833. Yale Center for British Art.)

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2,350-year-old Cybele statue found


From the article:  
"A marble statue of the Anatolian mother goddess Cybele created 2,350 years ago has been discovered in the ancient city of Antandrus, located in the Edremit district of western Türkiye's Balıkesir province.  Noting that the statue was used as a stone in the walls of the Roman villa in Antandrus, Polat continued: 'The artifact, unfortunately, is not in a well-protected situation. However, we can understand it depicts the mother goddess Cybele.' Polat informed that the statue depicts Cybele sitting on the throne with lion figures on both sides along with another lion on her lap."

(© photo: Anadolu Agency)


7,800-year-old figurine discovered in western Turkey

From the article: 
"A 7,800-year-old female figurine was found in the Ulucak Höyük (Ulucak Mound) in the Kemalpaşa district of Izmir. It was stated that the figurine made of clay was used in various rituals such as increasing abundance and fertility. In the excavations, a large number of ceramic pots, tools made of ganister, stone weapons, mother goddess figurines, and anthropomorphic pots were unearthed, some of which are exhibited in the Izmir Archeology Museum."

(© photo: Demirören News Agency)


Happy Full Moon


Blessings of the Full Moon in Aquarius.
May She rise in beauty in your dreams and visions.

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Harvest Blessings


May your first harvest of the season
be abundantly blessed!

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Water Goddess figurine discovered in Germany

From the article:
"Archaeologists have discovered a unique clay figurine that may represent a prehistoric water goddess in Bavaria, Germany.. . Researchers from the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments suggest that local peoples may have worshiped the figurine as a water goddess, seeing the gully as a sacred place for ritual offerings."

(© photo Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments)

News: Goddess figure discovered in Israel

From the article:
“An 8,000-year-old Yarmukian Mother Goddess figurine was found at Sha’ar HaGolan archaeological site, located on the northern bank of the Yarmouk River, in the center of the Jordan Valley. . . 'This woman ceramic figurine is a hallmark of Yarmukian culture,' Eirikh-Rose said. 'This is one of the largest examples of the figurine found. It is of a large, seated woman with big hips, a unique pointed hat and what is known as ‘coffee-bean’ eyes and a big nose. One hand is positioned on her hip and the other one under her breast'."

(© photo Israel Antiquities Authority)